The Chicago Marathon: Past, Present and Future

The other day I was perusing the blogs of the New York Public Library (my old stomping grounds) when I came across a piece that was strangely pertinent to my current location.  Called Researching the Chicago Marathon the piece talked about this past Sunday’s race and mentioned the following:

Most runners who are interested in or will run the Chicago Marathon have two main resources to read: One is the Chicago Marathon website where runners register, and the other is the World Marathon Majors’ website, since the Chicago Marathon is one of the six World Marathon Majors—joining the Tokyo, London, Boston, Berlin, and NYC marathons as one of the largest and most renowned races in the world.

But since this was written by a researcher, what they really wanted to know was more about the race’s history.  Maps, train systems, pertinent databases, and books all play a part.

Well.  That got me curious.  Here we have a NYPL librarian doing all this research.  What does Evanston Public Library have to offer the marathon-curious?  Here then are some pertinent titles, just in case you’ve a hankering for some marathoning (and yep, I do indeed regret writing that, but for whatever reason I’m not going to amend it).

The Chicago Marathon by Andrew G. Suozzo

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Mentioned in the NYPL piece, the researcher says he, “found the historic information fascinating: Andrew Suozzo covers the history of the Chicago Marathon starting from its grassroots foundation from local clubs and the initial political obstacle it faced. Later, the focus shifts from Mayor Bilandic honoring the first marathon to the late Mayor Daley, to the stories behind the elite male and female runners who broke world records on the course.”

Running Commentary: A Life on the Run by Will Van Dyke

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They say it’s inspirational to both new runners and old.  A tale of a man, and how he proceeds to show what 50 years worth of running can do for a person.

Aaaaaaaand  . . . . . *checks website* . . . . yeah, that’s all we’ve got folks.  At least about the Chicago marathon specifically.  But if you’d like a couple books on becoming a marathoner yourself, then please be so good as to consider these:

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Imagine running a thousand marathons in a thousand days so as to reach enlightenment.  Some monks do it!  Japan, as it turns out, is the most running obsessed country in the world and this book shows precisely how and why.

Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training by Hal Higdon

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If you’d like to start marathoning, but you don’t want to go whole hog, consider Mr. Higdon’s methods for a kind of start.

Meb for Mortals: How to Run, Think, and Eat Like a Champion Marathoner by Meb Keflezighi

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Publishers Weekly called this book, ” a perfect accessory for marathon training.”  Its author won the 2014 Boston Marathon and this book covers everything you might need to get ready.  As PW concluded, “The format is clean and the writing is simple and strong, all making this book a valuable tool for anyone with their sights set on running a marathon.”

Happy Banned Books Week!

It only comes but once a year, but the actual banning of books happens far more frequently than that.

Here in Evanston we are a reading community.  Book challenges don’t appear here at the same rate that they may in other cities.  That said, there is value in celebrating the right to read.  Here then is a listing of books that have been banned with description of some of the more ridiculous reasons for their challenges.  All of the following are true:

The Diary of Anne Frank

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Reason for the Ban: “Too depressing”

It’s not widely known but there are actually two versions of Anne Frank’s diary out there.  The first is the cleaned up version originally published, with sections carefully left out.  The second is the full uncut version where Anne is particularly bitter about her mother and freely writes down her thoughts on sex.  Now the book does get banned for those sections, sure, but the it’s the “too depressing” reason (as stated by a school board in Alabama) that folks often forget.  Ah, if only she’d included more jokes.  *shudder*

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

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Reason for the Ban: Mistaken Identity

This is a good one.  Apparently this book was once banned because “Bill Martin Jr.” is also the name of an author who wrote the book Ethical Marxism.  For this reason, and this reason alone, Brown Bear was taken off a Texan curriculum.  Whoo  boy.

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

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Reason for the Ban: Sexy spider tongue

This was a new one on me.  The usual reason James gets banned is because the word “ass” appears on the text (it also appears in Peter Pan, but no one seems to mind that as much).  My favorite reason dates back to 1986.  That was the year that a small town in Wisconsin banned the book because at one point the spider character licks her lips.  The perpetually moistened lip denizens of this town said this action could be taken only one of two ways “including sexual”.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Reason for the Ban: A metaphor

If you’ve read the book then you probably can imagine all the different reasons the book has been banned over the years.  That said, you probably didn’t know about the high school in Owensboro, KY that banned the book in 1985 for a single, solitary sentence: “The gun made a ripping sound like the opening of the fly of God Almighty.” Metaphors, it seems, are no safer from banning than anything else in this world.

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

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Reason for the Ban: Promoting violence against dishes

Shel Silverstein has been banned pretty much from the get-go (if Different Dances doesn’t explain why then Uncle Shelby’s A, B, Zs might) and for all kinds of reasons (one of my favorite being that he has “glorified Satan, suicide, and cannibalism”).  But by far my favorite was the time the book was banned for encouraging, “children to break dishes so they won’t have to dry them.”

And just to keep the fun going, here are some other Banned Book Week events happening on the interwebs:

  • Add this Twibbon to your profile picture to show that you STAND UP FOR THE RIGHT TO READ!
  • For Banned Website Awareness Day, Dr. Audrey Church (2016-2017 AASL president and professor of school librarianship at Longwood University, VA) and Lauren Mabry (current member of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee, a past member of the AASL Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee, and a 2009 ALA Spectrum Scholar) will write on the connection between censoring books and filtering online resources.
  • Battling Bannings: Authors Discuss Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read – A free webinar with SAGE Publishing on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. CST. Join authors Jessica Herthel (I Am Jazz), Christine Badacchino (Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress) and Wendy Doniger (The Hindus) as they share their stories of censorship. Register to reserve your spot.
  • A Night of Silenced Voices” – Seven bookstores across the country are celebrating diversity and Banned Books Week with open mic events on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
  • Contribute to the Banned Books Week conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek.

Biographies No One Loves Anymore

The saddest thing
that i ever did see,
was a woodpecker peckin’
on a plastic tree.
He looks at me
and “friend” says he
“Things ain’t as sweet
as they used to be”. – Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein got many things right but in this case he was wrong.  Sad woodpeckers have nothing on old biographies nobody loves anymore.  Recently I went through them to find the books that haven’t been checked out in at least four years (I actually found one that hadn’t gone out since 1991, I kid you not).  In my travels I stumbled across a couple egregiously old bios.  Here then is an amusing summary of some of the books we’ve had to bid a tearful goodbye to this year.

Charles and Diana: The Tenth Anniversary by Brian Hoey

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So it’s been 10 years since those crazy kids got married.  How’s that marriage doing, huh?  Turns out, it’s great!  No problems here!  La de da de da!

Accidental Millionaire: The Rise and Fall of Steve Jobs at Apple Computer by Lee Butcher

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To put this in a little context, this book was published in 1987.  And boy do you feel sorry for that Steve Jobs guy.  He just seemed so promising, y’know?  Bummer about his career crashing and burning like that.

Johnnie Cochran: A Lawyer’s Life by Johnnie Cochran

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Recently the O.J. Simpson mini-series American Crime Story swept the Emmys, full force.  When it was up and running I figured I’d put up a little O.J. display for folks who just couldn’t get enough of the nostalgia.  So I found every single title I could and put them up.  Nothing moved.  I’m talking nothing.  And so it was with a heavy heart we bid adieu to Johnnie Cochran.

The Other Woman: My Years with O.J. Simpson, A Story of Love, Trust, and Betrayal by Paula Barbieri

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It is with a slightly less heavy heart that bid goodbye to O.J.’s girlfriend.  Did you know she had a bio?  You know who else didn’t know?  America.

Hulk Hogan: My Life Outside the Ring with Mark Dagostino

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Yep.

Gladiator: A True Story of ‘Roids, Rage, and Redemption by Dan Clark a.k.a. Nitro

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As opposed to beloved Nitro.  Nitro!  Remember Nitro?  He was everybody’s favorite American Gladiator.  He was so famous he “wrote” his own bio.  Nitro, be bid you a very fond farewell.  Nobody could wield those big puffy foam thingies like you, my friend.

No Mountain High Enough: Raising Lance, Raising Me by Linda Armstrong Kelly

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For the record, Lance Armstrong’s early bios where he talks at length about how fantastic he is and how he completely put to rest those rumors about performance enhancing drugs . . . those haven’t really been checked out of the library lately either.  But I kind of felt bad that his mom wrote a bio.  She seems like a nice person.

Like these?  Then be sure read Awful Library Books for more of the same.

National Book Award and Man Booker Prize Nominees Announced: How Many Have You Read?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That time when the longlists for the National Book Awards are announced. Click on the covers to put any of these on hold.

Here are the nominees by category for the National Book Awards:

POETRY

performance

collected-poems

archeophonics

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abridged

beastiary

world

look

blackacre

bluelaws

NONFICTION

americaswar

firebrand

imbeciles

strangers

stamped

nothing

weapons

otherslavery

slavescause

blood

FICTION

throwback

what

imagine

news

association

portableveblen

sweet

missjane

underground

another

And just to round us out, here too are the . . .

MAN BOOKER PRIZE NOMINEES

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  • Ottessa Moshfegh(U.S.), author of Eileen

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  • Deborah Levy (U.S.), author of Hot Milk

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Election Day is Coming Up – Be Ready

Spoiler Alert: There’s an election this year.  Did I surprise you?  I’m sure that since it’s never in the news you probably forgot that we’ll be picking a new president this year.  Note: There is no sarcasm font, so I want you to read the preceding sentences in a voice fairly dripping with it.

For some of you I’m sure the last thing you want to do is think about the candidates, their positions, and the seemingly daily news items of EPIC PROPORTIONS that keep flooding your in-box/news feed/Twitter feed/Facebook posts.  So today, let’s be a little old-fashioned.  Let’s look at some new books about the electoral process that don’t actually name check either of the current candidates.  In other words, bliss.


The Carnival Campaign: How the Rollicking 1840 Campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” Changed Presidential Elections Forever

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There is a strange comfort in knowing that as crazy as this year’s election is, it’s not as if “carnivals” of this sort are unprecedented.  And why are they so kooky?  Blame 1840.  They called this election “the mother of modern presidential contests” and “the beginning of presidential campaigning as entertainment.”  Mud, suffice to say, was slung.

Off Script: An Advance Man’s Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide by Josh King

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Much along the same lines, this book examines how the methods of show business took over presidential election campaigns—and how political candidates have paid the price.  As Kirkus said of this book in their review, “If you enjoy the TV show Veep, you’ll enjoy this book.”

Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections by Richard L. Hasen

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Fun with campaign finance reform. Whee . . .

Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy by Mary Frances Berry

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An alternate take on the same topic.  The advantage of this title being, obviously, the fact that it tends to make me hungry for pork chop sandwiches.

Weiner

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I just had the pleasure of watching this documentary recently.  In terms of looking behind-the-scenes at campaign headquarters, this movie offers an unprecedented glimpse at a successful mayoral campaign done in by its candidates personal failings.  It is strange and funny and sad all at once.  Particularly when you know the true ending of the story, as we do now.

Election

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Well, why not?  It’s a great movie and a wonderful palate cleanser for our current times.  And heck, there’s even a book!

Fun New and Upcoming Books

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!  Odd, interesting, and generally very very new books on the Evanston Public Library shelves!  Reserve them today and be the first on your block to be in the know!

Crochet Taxidermy: 30 Quirky Animal Projects, from Mouse to Moose by Taylor Hart

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You know you’re curious. Aside from answering the question, “Why would you mount an octopus head anyway?” this quirky crafting guide is definitely made for a very specific kind of patron: The kind with a sense of humor.

AtlasObscura

“I thought I had seen most of the interesting bits of the world. Atlas Obscura showed me that I was wrong. A joy to read and to reread.” – Neil Gaiman.  Based on the website of the same name that aimed to crowdsource descriptions of intriguing, off-the-beaten-path places all over the world, sites include Kiev’s death masks, Singapore’s Thieves Market, Villisca Ax Murder House in Iowa, and a boiling lake in Dominica (a three-hour hike from the nearest road).

Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon by Kelley and Thomas French

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I first heard this story on Pop Culture Happy Hour, and if you haven’t listened to this episode of the podcast I highly recommend that you do so.  It’s called 23 Weeks 6 Days, which is considered the edge at which a preemie is considered viable.  Which is to say, you can’t be born any earlier.  Juniper was born right on the edge and this book follows her parents’ struggle to do the right thing, whatever that thing could be.  Harrowing and gripping and ultimately fascinating.

Accidence Will Happen: A Reformed Pedant’s Guide to English Language and Style by Oliver Kamm

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I just stare at that cover, knowing in my heart of hearts that librarians and booksellers everywhere will be unable to search for it by name unless they just happen to know how to (mis)spell it.  This book is all about the valid misuses of common words and phrases.  We all have some.  For example, I like to say “suffice it to say” rather than “suffice to say”.  No idea why.  Maybe this book will explain it.

The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing by Gavin Edwards

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What’s that you say?  You said you wanted MORE Bill Murray books in the library?  Well why didn’t you say so before?

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party: Christmas Crafts, Recipes, Activities by Brandy Shay

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One year my dad declared that the only thing he truly wanted for Christmas was an ugly Christmas sweater. We’re talking gaudy city, baby. For whatever reason, the ugly Christmas sweater has sort of become an underground movement. But how do you know that your sweater is ugly enough? This book can help! Get ideas for creating your own and celebrate the season in style. Eye-blindingly horrific style, but style nonetheless.

Crafting With Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy by Bonnie Burton

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Clearly I’m all about the crafts today.  And no, I’m not telling you what all the crafts in here are.  You’re just gonna have to find ’em all yourself.

Stranger Things: Booklist Readalikes

It’s creepy and it’s kooky, mysterious and spooky.  It’s altogether ooky, it’s a Stranger Things inspired . . .

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If you’re anything like me then you’ve binged on Stranger Things, the 8-part Netflix series that pays homage to roughly 500 different 80s films, books, and tropes.  But once the viewing’s over you may find yourself craving more more more.  Let us help!  Here then is a booklist to feed that demi-gorgon sized-hunger for books of a Stranger Things-like ilk.  All of these books are available through the Evanston Public Library.

It by Stephen King

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Like the new cover?  There will be an even newer one in January when the new film comes out (no Tim Curry anymore, sorry).  Like Stranger Things, this book has a group of scrappy kids battling it out against an unnameable evil.  So who would win in a fight?  The monster or Pennywise?

Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

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A child goes missing.  Another child searches for her.  Creepy stuff abounds.

Dean Koontz: A New Collection by Dean Koontz

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From everything I’ve heard, Watchers by Dean Koontz is the book to read if you’re a Stranger Things fan.  The plot reads, “Two creatures, the end result of experiments in genetic engineering and enhanced intelligence, escape from a government laboratory and bring either doom or a touching new kind of love to those they encounter.”  We don’t have it by itself, but we do have it in this lovely three book collection.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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An alternate reality where there are lots of 1980s references?  Don’t mind if I do!  And with a movie on the horizon, expect this one to prove pou

The Talisman by Stephen King

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Little surprise that there’s a lot of Stephen King on this list.  The man basically inspired the series in the first place.  This book of his isn’t quite as well know but it’s up there.  In it a boy must flip between one plane of existence and another, avoiding the baddies along the way.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

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This one’s got it all!  A nice 1988 setting.  Creepy woods.  And teenagers who do battle with a great evil.  Though, to be honest, the title says it all.

The Good House by Tananarive Due

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Part of the reason Stranger Things works as well as it does is that it’s able to weave together so many different horror elements seamlessly.  There’s even a bit of the old haunted house to it.  Though, if you want a truly haunted house, this one should be right up your alley.

The Girl With all the Gifts by M.R. Carey

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A story about a girl with powers (in this case “gifts”) she doesn’t understand?  Don’t mind if I do!

Want even more?  Then check out these additional titles (also available in our collection):

Edu-ma-cation: School’s Back In!

Now how the heck did that happen? One minute we’re breathing a sigh of relief after that abysmally long, cold spring and the next minute summer’s almost over and we’re shipping the children back to school.  Ah well.  Whether we like it or not, it’s almost schooltime again.  Let us then celebrate with a look at some of the newest titles that tell us the good, the bad, and the ugly about our current school system today.

 

Importance
“This grounded, sensible book offers a ray of light in a dim and frantic world–with the message that before we can teach our youngest children, we must better understand them. In The Importance of Being Little, Christakis explores what it’s like to be a young child in America today, in a world designed by and for adults. With school-testing mandates run amok, playfulness squeezed, and young children increasingly pathologized for old-fashioned behaviors like daydreaming and clumsiness, it’s easy to miss the essential importance of being a young child. She provides meaningful solutions through a forensic analysis of today’s whole system of early learning, from pedagogy and science to policy and politics.”

 

Battle
“In a fit of idealism, Ed Boland left a twenty-year career as a non-profit executive to teach in a tough New York City public high school. But his hopes quickly collided headlong with the appalling reality of his students’ lives and a hobbled education system unable to help them. This is no urban fairy tale of at-risk kids saved by a Hollywood hero, but a searing indictment of reform-minded schools that claim to be progressive but still fail to help their students.”

My Dearest Donations

Evanston readers are remarkable individuals.  They have superior taste in books.  And I know this not just because of what they check out, but because of what they donate to the library.

The other day I was on my Evanston Mamas Facebook group and someone mentioned that they had a bunch of lovely children’s books looking for a home.  Inevitably when someone says something like this, people will fall over themselves to tell them to, “Donate them to the library!”  At which point I have to step in like a big old meanie and say, “Yes . . . . if they’re not gross!”  You see, people get very emotionally attached to their book donations.  Imagine you’ve decided to clean house and there on your shelf is a travel book you purchased once for your honeymoon.  You have no intention of ever returning to Maui again in your lifetime (why didn’t anyone warn you about the mosquitoes?) but you remember the trip fondly.  The book is a physical reminder of the start of your marriage.  You know you have to get rid of it, but the recycling bin?  Too cruel.  So even though the book is from 2003 and lists about 49 different restaurants no longer in existence on Maui, you donate it to the library.  You feel good about this.  Like you’ve done some kind of a public service.  Trouble is, what are we supposed to do with it?  Add it to the collection?  Sell it in the booksale?  Friend, that’s just not going to happen.  And so we do what you should have in the first place.

This sort of situation happens every single day.  The sheer number of yellowed, disgusting, out of date, ripped up, bent, broken books donated every single day in countless Whole Foods grocery bags is awe-inspiring.

But this is not a blog post of complaint.  No, it is a blog post of celebration!  Because while 90% of what we receive is a bit on the schlocky side, 10% is precisely what I need to improve the EPL collection.

Take a gander at this picture:

Donations

See these books?  Each one of these is a pristine donation.  A book in the kind of condition that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to cover in wrapping paper and give to a friend.  And these titles?  We’re adding every single one of these to our collection.  Here then is a list of Best Kinds of Books to Donate to the Evanston Public Library:

Mystery Novels (1970-2005) – The other day one of my shelvers asked if we could weed out the mystery novels in our collection that aren’t read all that often.  I ran a list and came up with . . . . twenty books. The fact of the matter is that Evanston mystery readers are voracious.  They read everything.  Problem is, they’re very keen on older out-of-print titles.  That means that if a book gets gross, I can’t just reorder it for my collection.  In the picture above you’ll see that someone donated Total Recall by Sara Paretsky.  Friends, in its lifetime that book had gone out 67 times and was decaying on the shelf.  Now I have a pristine version that looks good, reads beautifully, and will extend its life for a good number of years.  Thanks, helpful mystery reader!

Really Popular, Really New Books – These books appear frequently but in random places.  I might be digging through the donation dumpster, panning for gold, and find a week-old edition of Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.  Or I might see a bag of donations at the circulation desk, give them the eye, and discover the new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sitting at the bottom of a bag.  When this happens I have these books speedily processed as either Most Wanted copies or placed directly in the system to fill our countless holds.  They are marvelous and I cannot thank the patrons that donate them enough.  Thank you, public!

Anything by Malcolm Gladwell – I’m really not kidding about that.

Classic Novels – You might think we have enough beautiful editions of Catcher in the Rye on our shelves, but you’d be wrong.  Classic novels, while gratifyingly in print, are inevitably worn through and through.  New hardcover editions of these books are always welcome.

Popular Authors’ Earliest Works – I love a new Ian Rankin, but if you can hand me an OLD Ian Rankin you’ll win a friend for life.  Particularly if it’s in hardcover with a pristine dust jacket.  Them’s gold, I tells ya!  Gold!

New Travel Books – Almost never happens.  If 10% of the donations are perfect for our collection 0.0001% of those are travel books published in the last 3 years.  Yet travel books are probably our MOST checked out section in a lot of ways.  So to you I say, if ever you have a new travel book and nostalgia doesn’t compel you to keep it, please consider donating it to the library.  Your fellow Evanstonians will thank you.

And for those of you that have donated any of the above books in the past, I thank you, and you, and also you.  Your library is grateful.

Suggested by Evanston Readers

Evanston is a city of readers.  I learned that fact pretty soon after starting the job.  Some cities have libraries with decent, unexciting attendance.  Evanston Public Library, by contrast, is a hopping joint.  I can take a popular book, put it on the first floor, and watch it disappear almost instantaneously (for example, I put out a copy of the new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yesterday, turned around for one second, turned back and *poof!!*).

Along with being good readers, Evanston residents are good suggesters (not technically a word – I know).  They discover books I’ve never seen or heard about and pass them along to me.  Some of these suggestions I take to heart.  Others I have to pass on.  Here then are some recent suggestions received of titles that will be hitting our shelves very soon:

TorontoFirst up, travel.  Since I moved the travel section to the other end of the second floor our books have been flying off of the shelves at an almost alarming rate.  With that in mind I received this note from a fellow librarian: “An adult patron was looking for travel books on Niagara Falls.  I did a search but not much came up.  There was a Fodor’s Toronto but it was checked out.  There may not be much out there, but I thought I would mention it.”  As a result, I’ve just put in an order for loads of Niagara Falls and Toronto books.  Look for these on the shelves soon.

And speaking of travel, Evanston readers know no bounds when it comes to traversing the globe.  One reader asked specifically for The Pilgrim Road to Trondheim. Oslo to Nidaros Cathedral by Alison Raju.  Though walking from Trondheim to Oslo may never have occurred to you before, it’s not as if there isn’t a book for it out there somewhere.

FrugalPoetThe next one came from a local author. Her name is Cynthia Gallaher and her latest nonfiction reference/memoir is “Frugal Poets’ Guide to Life: How to Live a Poetic Life, Even If You Aren’t a Poet.”  In one section on Chicago’s long-running cultural poetry organizations, she is sure to cite the Rhino Poetry Forum & Peer Exchange that has taken place months at Evanston Library for years, as well as Rhino’s reading series at the local Brothers K coffeehouse.  You will also find that the book contains a special section on the history of the Chicago poetry scene, including the birth of the poetry slam. With a blurb from the great Sandra Cisneros, this one was a slam dunk (forgive the pun).

Next up, something for the conspiracy minded amongst us by Nick Schou and David Talbot.  Called Spooked:How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood, the book discusses “how the CIA created a special public affairs unit to influence the production of Hollywood films and TV shows, vets articles on controversial topics like the drone assassination program, and grants friendly reporters background briefings on classified material, while simultaneously prosecuting ex-officers who spill the beans on damaging information.”  On shelves soon.

KingdomManSometimes authors are well known to a specific core group of readers but unknown to libraries.  Such was the case with Tony Evans. A local reader was surprised that we didn’t have more of his books, particularly Kingdom Man.  I selected some more of his books (which fall under the designation of religious self-help) and added them.

Books about food and nutrition are difficult to keep up with sometimes.  Often I rely on the bestsellers, just to figure out what’s working out there.  More than one reader, however, pointed me towards Kellyann Petrucci’s Dr. Kellyanne’s Bone Broth Diet: Lose Up to 15 Pounds, 4 Inches — And Your Wrinkles! — In Just 21 Days.  Haven’t heard of the bone broth diet before?  It’s probably the one I get the most requests for these days.  The more you know.

CreateAnd finally, computer books are so tricky to understand, buy, and weed.  How do I know that I’m keeping the most up-to-date and useful titles on my shelves?  I’ve had a lot of help recently from a local expert, so when you peruse our computer titles you’ll find only the most recent, useful material.  That doesn’t mean I don’t still need some help, though!  Hat tip to the reader who suggested I buy Create Your Own Website the Easy Way by Alannah Moore.  It’s new. It’s useful.  And websites aren’t going away anytime soon, so if you’re curious just check it out today.

Can’t find what you’re looking for at EPL?  Fill out our handy patron request form and I’ll get right back to you.

Happy reading!